Man's best friend will be the focus of this month of OhioHealth 4th Friday celebration in Uptown Westerville.

Man's best friend will be the focus of this month of OhioHealth 4th Friday celebration in Uptown Westerville.

"Dog Days of Summer" will be the theme of the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau monthly summer block party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 in historic Uptown Westerville.

Dogs are encouraged to attend the event, along with their people, and vendors, activities and displays will focus on information and items for dogs.

The 4th Friday will feature the 13th annual "Best on the Street Dog Show," sponsored by Captivating Canines.

For the show, owners can take their pets to five judging stations for ranking in three categories: appearance, friendliness and most appealing.

Completed judging forms can be left at the last judging station visited, and the top three dogs will be announced at 8:30 p.m. on West College Avenue. Winners will receive gift certificates to Captivating Canines.

For more information about the Best on the Street Dog Show, call 614-882-8863.

New to this year's Dog Days, dogs will be able to try their paws on an agility course sponsored by California Natural and PetPeople of Westerville.

Agility Dog Champion "Dilemma" and her owner, Lisa Gunter, will be on hand to demonstrate the various elements of the course and will then open the course, on West College Avenue, for visiting dogs to try.

The more than 100 street vendors set up during this month's 4th Friday will include veterinarians, dog rescue groups, boarding and training services and dog treat manufacturers.

Westerville Honor Flight will serve its Pork-A-Palooza, featuring pulled-pork dinners, in the Union Savings Bank parking lot, 44 S. State St., near the Westerville Division of Fire display. Proceeds from the dinners will pay for World War II and Korean War veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Other food options will include fresh sandwiches, gyros, chili dogs, hamburgers, doughnuts, kosher hot dogs, shaved ice and brats, available from street vendors throughout Uptown.

Entertainment will include performances by the Westerville Puppet Posse in front of the Westerville Municipal Building, 21 S. State St., and story time with the Westerville Public Library at Edward Jones Investments, 39 N. State St.

The Westerville Division of Police will offer free digital fingerprinting and photo opportunities with a police vehicle in the Municipal Building courtyard.

Avalon Nine will perform music from the 1970s and 1980s, and there will be Karaoke with Art & Dave.

As always for 4th Friday, participating Uptown shops and restaurants will stay open late for the street party.